ware

1
[ wair ]
/ wɛər /

noun

Usually wares.
  1. articles of merchandise or manufacture; goods: a peddler selling his wares.
  2. any intangible items, as services or products of artistic or intellectual creativity, that are salable: an actor advertising his wares.
a specified kind or class of merchandise or of manufactured article (usually used in combination): silverware; glassware.See also -ware.
pottery, or a particular kind of pottery: delft ware.
Archaeology. a group of ceramic types classified according to paste and texture, surface modification, as burnish or glaze, and decorative motifs rather than shape and color.

Origin of ware

1
before 1000; Middle English; Old English waru; cognate with German Ware

Definition for wares (2 of 4)

ware

2
[ wair ]
/ wɛər /
Archaic.

adjective

watchful, wary, or cautious.
aware; conscious.

verb (used with object), wared, war·ing.

to beware of (usually used in the imperative).

Origin of ware

2
before 900; Middle English (adj. and v.); Old English wær (adj.); cognate with German gewahr aware, Old Norse varr

Definition for wares (3 of 4)

ware

3
[ wair ]
/ wɛər /

verb (used with object), wared, war·ing. Scot. and North England.

to spend; expend.

Origin of ware

3
1300–50; Middle English < Old Norse verja to spend, invest

Definition for wares (4 of 4)

ware

4
[ wair ]
/ wɛər /

noun Scot. and North England.

the first season in the year; spring.

Origin of ware

4
1250–1300; Middle English < Old Norse vār spring; perhaps akin to Latin vēr (see vernal), Greek éar spring
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British Dictionary definitions for wares (1 of 4)

wares

/ (wɛəz) /

pl n

articles of manufacture considered as being for sale
any talent or asset regarded as a commercial or saleable commodity
(Caribbean) earthenware

British Dictionary definitions for wares (2 of 4)

ware

1
/ (wɛə) /

noun (often in combination)

(functioning as singular) articles of the same kind or materialglassware; silverware
porcelain or pottery of a specified typeagateware; jasper ware
See also wares

Word Origin for ware

Old English waru; related to Old Frisian were, Old Norse vara, Middle Dutch Ware

British Dictionary definitions for wares (3 of 4)

ware

2
/ (wɛə) archaic /

verb

another word for beware

adjective

another word for wary, wise 1

Word Origin for ware

Old English wær; related to Old Saxon, Old High German giwar, Old Norse varr, Gothic war, Latin vereor. See aware, beware

British Dictionary definitions for wares (4 of 4)

ware

3
/ (wɛə) /

verb

(tr) Northern English and British dialect to spend or squander

Word Origin for ware

C15: of Scandinavian origin; related to Icelandic verja
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